The introvert/extrovert divide is a fundamental dimension of personality. At least a third of us—including some of the world's most talented people—are on the introvert side. Without introverts, we wouldn't have the Apple computer, the theory of relativity, or Van Gogh's sunﬂowers. Yet our workplaces and classrooms reinforce the world of the extrovert, with open-plan oﬃces, group brainstorming, and classroom pods. Shyness, sensitivity, and seriousness can be viewed as negative traits, and, as a result, introverts feel reproached for being the way they are. With Covid-19 changing the way we work, have introverts been given a chance to shine? Or is it harder to be heard over Zoom? Based on Susan Cain's bestselling book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Michael Davis will look at introverts and the physical environments that suit them.
Michael Davis is a Senior Principal at Wellington's Studio of Paciﬁc Architecture, and is interested in the design of workplaces and educational settings.
City Talks is an ongoing series initiated by the New Zealand Institute of Architects Wellington Branch and presented in partnership with City Gallery.
The talk will be followed by refreshments.